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US death toll from the virus eclipses China’s official count

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,500 today, eclipsing China's official count, as New York's mammoth convention center started taking patients to ease the burden on the city's overwhelmed health system and the tennis center where the U.S. Open is held was ...

Florida docking plan in the works for ill-fated cruise ships

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said today that it's working with Holland America on a detailed docking plan that would require two ships carrying passengers and crew from an ill-fated cruise to handle all medical issues without impacting South Florida's already-stressed hospitals. If a ...

Tue. 10:11 a.m.: Wall Street dips, on pace for worst quarter since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell in early trading this morning, as Wall Street closes in on its worst quarterly performance since the most harrowing days of the 2008 financial crisis. The S&P 500 dipped by less than 1 percent in the first few minutes of trading, extending its loss for the ...

Tue. 9:09 a.m.: Royal no more: Harry and Meghan start uncertain new chapter

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan officially make the transition today from senior members of Britain's royal family to — well, it's unclear. International celebrities, charity patrons, global influencers? The royal schism that the couple triggered in January by announcing ...

Tue. 8:53 a.m.: Global stocks turn lower after rise in virus-related deaths

LONDON (AP) — Stronger than anticipated Chinese economic data briefly shored up stocks today, but a worrying increase in the number of Spanish deaths linked to the COVID-19 disease saw market sentiment sink back again. The mood in markets seems tightly linked to evidence about the spread of ...

Tue. 8:37 a.m.: White House turns to statistical models for virus forecast

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like forecasters tracking a megastorm, White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible. The public could get its first close look at the Trump administration's own ...

Tue. 8:27 a.m.: World virus infections top 800,000; Spain sees record deaths

MADRID (AP) — Spain's coronavirus deaths jumped by a record number today as the country's medical system strained to care for its tens of thousands of infected patients and the world total climbed to more than 800,000 case. In the United States, where the spread of the coronavirus has been ...

Judges slow abortion bans in Texas, Ohio, Alabama amid virus

DES MOINES, Iowa — Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the U.S. filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter ...

New York governor begs for help amid ‘staggering’ death toll

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's governor issued an urgent appeal for medical volunteers today amid a "staggering" number of deaths from the coronavirus, saying: "Please come help us in New York, now." And tens of thousands of retired or sidelined nurses and doctors were already answering the call. ...

Pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. According to jail records, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne ...

DeWine extends closure of schools through May 1

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine announced today he's extending the closure of schools through May 1. DeWine said the decision shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. On March 12, DeWine ordered all kindergarten through grade 12 schools to close starting at the end of the school day March 16, through ...

2 p.m. Ohio update: COVID-19 fatalities increase; 3 more in one day in Valley

COLUMBUS — There are 39 COVID-19 deaths in Ohio, including eight in the Mahoning Valley. Three more deaths in the Valley were reported today: two in Mahoning County and one in Columbiana County, according to the Ohio Department of Health's daily 2 p.m. update. Overall, there are four deaths ...

Mon. 11:42 a.m.: Spain’s hospitals at breaking point, US cities brace

MADRID (AP) — Bells tolled in Madrid's deserted central square and flags were lowered in a day of mourning today as Spain raced to build field hospitals to treat an onslaught of coronavirus patients. In the U.S., the government's top infectious-disease expert warned that smaller cities are ...

Mon. 10:09 a.m.: Stocks inch up amid uncertainty about virus toll; oil falls

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are shaky in early trading this morning, as markets around the world made tentative moves amid all the uncertainty about whether global authorities can do enough to nurse the economy through the coronavirus outbreak. The S&P 500 was up close to 1 percent in ...

Mon. 9:39 a.m.: Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said today. The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam said that "The Parsonage ...

Mon. 9:08 a.m.: City at center of China’s virus outbreak gradually revives

WUHAN, China (AP) — Shopkeepers in the city at the center of China's virus outbreak were reopening today but customers were scarce after authorities lifted more of the anti-virus controls that kept tens of millions of people at home for two months. "I'm so excited, I want to cry," said a ...